|Excerpt from this day’s program:
…And what caused a minor uproar yesterday were the remarks of this career IDF general, I presume a non-practicing Jew, which has been the case among IDF officers since the first day of the state and the army’s existence.
In other words, I found little surprising in his remarks. In his community, his post-Jewish community, one does not interpret antisemitism in a religious fashion. It was all “politics,” and Israelis like this have believed that in similar circumstances to those found in Germany in the 1920s and 30s, any people would act the way the Germans did, including Jews.
Golan’s views call to mind that infamous moment, in 1999 I think, when Ehud Barak said that if he were an Arab youth, he too would be a terrorist.
In this day and age, non-religious liberals and leftists cringe at the thought that one side is superior to the other. Nationalism is a terrible thing, they think, that should be done away by the international brotherhood of the proletariat or something, transcending all national boundaries.
All nations are of equal worth, they say, and in the conflict between one’s people and another, one’s people is the guilty party. Ehud Barak was sending a message to his people that he did not think Israel had a greater righter to Eretz Yisrael than the Balestinians. Patriotism for such types is the same as chauvinism and even racism.
So here was Deputy Chief of Staff Yair Golan sending his message that we Jews are potentially no better than German Nazis and that there is evidence, he said, that they exist among us.
In other words, lurking beneath the surface is the “Jews as Nazis” accusation…